Members and Trustees
As in other multi-academy trusts, the legal and strategic responsibilities for LiHT sit with our Members and Trustees.
Our five members have long-standing relationships with our schools, and are the custodians of our values. As such, they have the power to appoint and dismiss Trustees as well as the responsibility for ensuring the Articles of Association are fit for purpose according to national guidance and governance best practice.
We are proud to count with experienced and widely skilled Trustees, who are strongly committed to raising standards in all our schools and ensuring probity. Directors support the Trust in making strategic decisions and hold our senior leaders to account for our financial and academic performance.
Trustees Pen Portraits
Paul Quinn - Co-opted Director, Chair of Trustees
Paul is an experienced professional having spent most of his career working in the private sector, including several directorships and a business owner for fifteen years. Paul is also an experienced governor, having been chair of Governors in a Hertfordshire school for ten years, including leading the school through academy conversion in 2011, making it one of the first primary schools in Hertfordshire to convert to academy status. Paul has gained over four years’ experience at board level within a multi-academy trust before joining The Learning in Harmony Trust. Paul’s business acumen and education sector experience led him to a career in business management, where he currently works at West Lea School (London Borough of Enfield), a school for children with special educational needs.
John King - Co-opted Director, Vice-chair of Trustees
John King was a secondary Headteacher and Executive Headteacher for almost 20 years. All three schools achieved Outstanding Ofsteds with one on 4 consecutive occasions. He was a Consultant Headteacher to the London Challenge, City Challenge, the London Leadership Strategy, the NCSL and the SSAT. He represented the secondary sector on the national NLE steering group and was an adviser to the DfE for 5 years. He chaired the East of England 14-19 Strategic Partnership. Since leaving Headship, John became the interim Head of Standards, Achievement and School Improvement in Newham, the NCTL Associate for Beds Borough, Central Beds, Luton, Norfolk and Suffolk, and the interim CEO of the Chiltern Learning Trust. He is currently an adviser to Newham’s Learning and Achievement team, and to Thurrock, Essex and Luton where he is commissioned to write borough/county-wide educational policies. John has served on a number of Government sponsored working parties. He has been a visiting lecturer to Beijing, Delhi, Holland, Melbourne, the UAE and Uganda. He was awarded an OBE for Services to Education in 2005.
Gary Wilkie - Trust CEO and Trust Accounting Officer
Having started his teaching career in Newham in 1989, and after being Head Teacher at Sheringham Primary School from 2000 - 2014, Gary is now the CEO of the Learning in Harmony Trust. Gary was chair of the Newham Head Teachers Association from 2001 to 2014 and has been Newham NAHT Branch Secretary since 2008. He has been a National Leader of Education since 2011 and was a member of the NLE Fellowship in 2015. Gary has spoken at a range of conferences both nationally and internationally on topics ranging from Assessment for Learning to Recruitment and Retention in Multi Academy Trusts.
Diane Rochford - JFK Executive Head Teacher
Diane has extensive experience working in the field of Special Education Needs and Disability as a Headteacher and Senior Leader. She is a qualified and active Ofsted inspector with accredited SEND, and she has led JFK to be an Outstanding provision for learners within and beyond the school.
Her successful experience has been one of managing positive culture change around the thinking of SEND in order to deliver positive outcomes by developing different specialised provisions for a wide range of learners with SEND, supporting strategic planning within the Trust and the LA, and by developing assessment without levels and curriculum for learners with SEND in a variety of settings.
In 2012, Diane worked with the DfE to develop the Teachers Standards, representing special schools. More recently, she chaired the Rochford Review which looked at statutory assessment arrangements for pupils working below the standard of national curriculum tests. Recommendations for improved curriculum balance and personalised pedagogy towards a more holistic assessment approach have been accepted by the Government following consultation, and include the use of 7 areas of engagement for assessing cognition and learning for pupils not engaged in subject-specific learning. Diane has also been recently appointed as a member of the Eastern Region Headteacher Board.
Nick Turvey - Upton Cross Executive Head Teacher
Nick has spent all of his teaching career in the east end of London and Essex. He has been the Head Teacher at Upton Cross Primary since 2007 and, since 2017, has been working across both Upton Cross and Hartley Primary schools as Executive Head Teacher.
Nick is passionate about ensuring that all children are given the very best chances to achieve and lead a fulfilling life, and believes this is best realised through building a dedicated and highly skilled staff team who work collaboratively towards shared aims of achievement and excellence. It is an approach that Nick uses in his work as a National Leader of Education working with schools in challenging circumstances in and beyond Newham. As well as an accredited NLE, Nick is a practising Ofsted inspector.
Heidi Hinchliffe - Sheringham Representative
Heidi has over 25 years in the education sector, working as a primary teacher both in Australia and Newham, followed by nearly 20 years in the field of education recruitment management. Working in partnership with schools and Local Authorities as well as international organisations, Heidi specialises in ensuring recruitment and retention of high calibre staff. Heidi has been an active member of Sheringham Primary School’s Local Governing Body for over 15 years and has completed the NCSL Chair of Governors Development Programme. She has also been a Board Director since 2014 and a Trust Member since 2016.
Robert Field - JFK Representative
Rob is a co-opted governor at JFK Special School and was appointed as their representative at the Board. His professional background includes working in local government and in particular in social care commissioning, which is useful experience given the nature of JFK’s admissions profile. He specialises in policy and public affairs, giving him a good understanding of the political context in which both JFK and the Learning in Harmony Trust operate. This is valuable in helping the school and Trust to set and follow its strategic direction. Rob also has extensive experience working in communications and PR, enabling him to advise and challenge on how the school (and the Trust) is building and maintaining a strong reputation. Throughout his career, Rob has worked in public administration, giving him an insight into the fundamentals of good governance. Beyond this, Rob is passionate about advancing social equality, particularly for the most vulnerable in society. Rob is a keen sports fan and travels as frequently as he possibly can.
Phil Haslet - Co-opted Director
Phil has over 15 years working in the education sector designing, developing and delivering solutions for clients in the UK and overseas. As a Director for Tribal Group’s inspection business, Phil was a key member of the senior management team that developed the business into the largest provider of inspection services in the UK, winning regional contracts that valued over £190m. Phil also helped to develop that business overseas, securing and implementing a contract to develop and deliver an inspection framework for Public and Private Schools in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. Later, as Business Development Director for Best Practice Network between 2012-17, Phil worked with Directors across the business to drive business performance and develop and identify new areas for growth.
Phil is currently a Director for Teach First, which focuses on confronting inequality by developing great teachers to work in low-income areas, and as well as a Learning in Harmony Trustee, he is and Vice-Chair of the Board of the Olympus Multi-Academy Trust. Phil’s core skills include project and programme management; financial management with a proven track record of delivering multi-million-pound budgets; client and stakeholder management; utilising technological solutions to drive business improvement and efficiencies; sales, marketing and business development; and bid management and writing.
Julianne Marriott - Co-opted Director
As an elected Councillor for East Ham Central ward in Newham and a Mayoral Advisor for Regeneration, Julianne has a good understanding of the London borough in which LiHT operates. She has been a co-opted governor of Hartley Primary School since 2013 and vice-chair of that board since 2015, steering Hartley school through its conversion to an academy and joining the Learning in Harmony Trust.
Julianne has a background working in the disability sector for a large national charity, starting off writing bids for lottery fundraising and then moving into public policy. In that role, and since becoming a Public Affairs freelancer in 2011, Julianne has run a number of successful campaigns, working with a wide range of partners, that have changed legislation and public opinion from making books and information accessible to blind people, to implementation of Leveson recommendations around press regulation and reversing proposed changes to legal aid and the impact of the Lobbying Act on charities and international development organisations.
Jo-Anne Brown - Co-opted Director
Jo-Anne has spent her 20+ year career working for some of the largest investment banks in London, supporting a variety of senior business professionals. Since joining First Avenue Partners in July 2006, Jo-Anne moved into an Operational role where she has supported the business in building a robust infrastructure firstly in London and then in New York, San Francisco, Dallas and Hong Kong ensuring a strong brand throughout. She has seen the firm grow from 6 to almost 60 employees worldwide.
In October 2016, Jo-Anne became a co-opted governor at the Federation of Greenways Schools, and a year later welcomed her latest challenge of taking a position on the Board of the Learning in Harmony Trust.
Kelly Rotheram - Co-opted Director
Kelly has over 13 year’s senior management experience within the legal industry. She was previously a senior manager at Slater and Gordon and is currently CEO at Sternberg Reed. Kelly’s main speciality is strategic and financial management, although she also has substantial experience in HR, IT, risk and marketing management. She is keen maximise the use of resources and has a proven track record for improving financial stability and delivering business growth in times of market contraction. She is keen to pass on her skills to others and has recently won a Law Society Excellence award in the field of Learning and Development. At work and in her personal life, Kelly is a passionate advocate for social justice. In addition to her role within the LIHT, Kelly also works with a wide range of charities in the local East London community with the aim of providing holistic support to the most vulnerable in our society.